Residents, visitors urged to ‘come out to play’ as travel restrictions ease

THROUGH its Discover Richmond Valley team, Richmond Valley Council is encouraging residents and visitors to “come out to play”.

The call follows the announcement by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro that intra-state travel restrictions will be lifted from Monday 1 June.

The Discover Richmond Valley team has been keeping interest alive via its website, as well as Facebook, Instagram and the latest social media phenomenon TikTok.

Yet nothing beats face-to-face contact with a local, so reopening the Valley’s three visitor information centres in Casino, Woodburn and Evans Head will also take place on 1 June in anticipation of demand from those seeking to get away from their home base.

Mayor Robert Mustow said the tourism industry was a lifeline for many locals and he welcomed visitors from across the State, as long as they practised social distancing and good hygiene.

Cr Mustow said the Richmond Valley was known for its quiet towns and villages, peaceful waterways and top beaches, as well as being the Beef Capital of the World.

He said no matter what your interests, the Valley was a special corner of this great country of ours.

“As a long-time local, I guarantee visitors will get to experience a variety of adventures,” Cr Mustow said.

“If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, don’t make a beeline straight to Byron Bay, consider making a few stops along the way to see what our small towns and big adventures are all about.

“Trust me, those who discover us, always come back.”

Cr Mustow is also encouraging locals to get out and rediscover their home towns.

He said by doing “touristy” things, residents would be helping local businesses get back on their feet.

“It would be great to see those planning on taking a break around the July school holidays to consider a ‘staycation’,” Cr Mustow said.

“Grab a copy of the Richmond Valley Visitors Guide, or visit – you may find something new and exciting without spending hours on an aeroplane or in a car.”

Residents and visitors are encouraged to start making plans now to safely and responsibly visit the Richmond Valley, including abiding by the NSW Government’s physical distancing measures.

Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW for a holiday from Monday 1 June but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.

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